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Basel Minster, Basel

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Situated on a hill above the Rhine River, the medieval Basel Minster remains one of the city's major landmarks, its duo of slim towers a dominant feature in the Old Town's skyline. Erected gradually between 1019 and 1500, the building combines the finest elements of the Romanesque and Gothic styles, its colored roof tiles visible from distant corners of the city. Inside you can see a 19th-century lectern carved out of sandstone and a crypt containing the tombs of Basel's early bishops. For a bird's-eye view of the city, the river, and the Black Forest in the distance, climb the church's southern tower. Plan your Basel Minster visit and explore what else you can see and do in Basel using our Basel trip builder.
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  • This church is made of red sandstone, and has some interesting carvings at the back, especially the 2 elephants. The 2 portals have nice sculptures, and are very well worth seeing. You will see more d...  more »
  • Currently undergoing some renovation work but definitely worth a visit. The views are brilliant across the river Rhine and the streets around this area are well worth seeing too.  more »
  • Set in a beautiful square, this cathedral is well worth a visit. Lots to see including the tomb of Erasmus. Would love to come back again when they have the Xmas market in the square.  more »
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  • Beautiful sandstone used to build this structure. Most of the city was destroyed by an earthquake and then fires, so almost everything at one point was rebuilt. You can go up to the top of the towers for $5 Francs
  • It is a very beautiful church. Don't forget to check out the closter either.
  • The climb wasn't too arduous and the views from the top are great. We only went up one of the spires, but you can climb either or both with the same entry fee.
  • Amazing Cathedral and wonderful Rhein River view behind the Cathedral 👍👍👍
  • Beautiful and lovely view of the city (klein Basel). To appreciate the importance, a guided tour is a must.